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Architecture and Education: 15 Schools Designed by Brazilian Architects

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The key to a good education lies not only in good books and the teacher's didactics. The learning environment which students attend also has a great influence on their education since the requirements for acoustic, thermal and luminous comforts, or even landscaping, directly influence the behavior and attention of the students. In Brazil, school projects can vary widely from the private sector to the public sector, yet in both cases, it is possible to find high-quality solutions.

Brazilian Architects Honor Paulo Mendes da Rocha on his 90th Birthday

Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Paulo Mendes da Rocha. With a unique integrity in his thinking and design, his career has already been celebrated with the highest awards an architect can receive, from the Pritzker Prize in 2006 to the 2018 Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale and the Praemium Imperiale in 2016. Here, instead of presenting his impressive projects, we have asked architects to share some of their stories, talk about his practice and how his thinking has influenced them.

Hidden Gems of Latin American Architecture

Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos
Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos

Teatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi e Edson Elito. Image © Nelson Kon Portal del cementerio de azul. Image via Wikipedia User Elciri Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 Centro Cultural García Márquez. Image © Alejandro Ojeda Galería IK LAB / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de IK LAB + 24

Vacation time is near. Would you like to visit some of the most enchanting places in Latin American architecture? We know you're an architecture aficionado and that your passion takes you places that inspire and awe. Even though a visit to the classic tourist sites can result in an amazing trip, visiting lesser-known places can make for an unforgettable experience. It is because of this passion for parts unknown that we have compiled this list of some of Latin America's hidden architecture gems for you to consider as you plan your next trip. Keep reading for the complete list. 

Cobogós: A Brief History and Its Uses

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

In the tropics, the sunlight falls generously. The leaked elements draw the shadow on floors and walls, an effect that transforms the entire environment for those who see it from the outside and inside. With the changing seasons and throughout the course of the day, natural light comes in different ways as it adds new components to architecture. In the course of the night, the artificial light passes through the small openings from the inside to the outside, making a sort of urban lamp that interacts with the shadows of its users and furniture. 

In addition to its function, the cobogó brings a certain poetic feel to any architectural project. Here, we have highlighted this Brazilian creation, to briefly shed light on its history and to present a selection of projects that adopt this element. 

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